The Caledonian House:
Focused on the future,
raising the quality of memory care,
creating a new model of living

The Caledonian House is a new venture of the Scottish Home. Set in five park-like acres in North Riverside, the Scottish Home has a tradition of person-centered practice that emphasizes warm community, close bonds between residents and staff, and strong links to family and friends. Research shows that just such an environment fosters the best outcomes for people in memory care.

America faces an unanticipated epidemic. As society ages, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms Of dementia affect more and more seniors and their families. The Alzheimer’s Association projects that, by 2030, 16 million Americans will be living with the disease – A four-fold increase that could cost A trillion dollars each year. 

The Caledonian House is a practical response to this challenge, providing a haven of expert care deeply informed by a century of experience. 

The new two-story building will feel like home with 10 private resident rooms on each floor. All resident rooms open on to a great room where meaningful activities take place by the fireside. Comfortable living space is matched by an inviting dining area filled with the aromas of home cooking from the on-site kitchen. There will be no long, disorienting corridors cluttered with medical equipment, nursing stations will be kept to a minimum, and the atmosphere will be that of a family residence rather than an institution. 

Best-in-class memory care is built on one-to-one interaction. The Caledonian House has caregivers cross-trained in personal care, nutrition, meaningful engagement, and housekeeping. They interact constantly with residents, building familiarity, trust, and well-being. With only 10 residents in each home, the Caledonian House will give constant individual attention and encourage residents to remain active, engaged, and fulfilled.

This year we feature the following agencies and groups:


Golden Agers

Scottish Home

Nami Metro Suburban


Community Nurse Health Center

About our contributor

Deb Quantock McCarey is an Illinois Press Association (IPA) award-winning freelance writer who has worked with Wednesday Journal Inc. since 1995, writing features and special sections for all its publications. An avid urban gardener and growing naturalist, she is also a local “green” advocate and community volunteer. As a WJ gardening blogger, Deb is also the host of Deb’s Big Backyard, which runs on and airs on Oak Park public cable, Channel 6.